Whatever you do, do not flash your high-beams at Ken Block!
How much light is too much light? That is the question that Ken Block seeks to answer in his latest video posted to YouTube. The Monster-sponsored pro driver, best known for his drifting antics in all sorts of wild and wonderful automobiles has set out to test how much light you truly need when going out for a spirited night time drive. Block, who unfortunately won't be in Gymkhana 11 when it drops later this year, is seen in the video piloting his heavily modified Ford F-150 Raptor through a section of dirt road at night. With the help of a ton of additional lighting, we can see what a big difference supportive lighting can really make.
The source for all the simulated sunshine is none other than Rigid Industries, a company that supplies LED lighting for a number of off-road OEM applications like the Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Tundra. The entire front bumper and roof have been taken over by lights. On the front bumper, there's a set of DX-L Pro pods and a string of R-Series 46 spotlights. These are angled forwards and to the sides for a broad light sweep. Up top, you get more R-Series pods, as well as three 50-inch driving Combo E-Series Pro lightbars. The total output? Well over 300,000 lumens, or about the same as a stadium floodlight. The Rigid Industries Adapt LED light bars are GPS controlled to adjust your beam according to your speed. The faster you go, the more narrow and focused the beam gets. As you slow down, the beam fans out for a broader spectrum of vision.
When Ken lights these bad boys up, night turns into day, quite literally. With the bolt-on lights flicked on, It is clear to see how the various lights play their part. The more focused front bumper lights add a straight beam, while the rooftop lights blast a massively wide range that covers your entire peripheral vision. We honestly think its a bit of overkill. The F-150 itself is also one mean piece of machinery and features stuff like a Currie nine-inch rear diff with a ten-inch ring gear and ARB locker, triple-bypass shocks, adjustable hydraulic bump stops and SVC trackbars which keep the 40-inch wheels straight and true. It's not the first time we've seen Ken's Raptor, however, as he's previously shown it towing his own Raptor-powered Supra.